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Legos help investigators solve 23-year-old cold case murder

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SALT LAKE CITY (KSTU)  – A child’s toy helped investigators solve a 23-year-old cold case.

The Unified Police Department filed charges against John Sansing for the 1991 murder of 78-year-old Lucille Johnson.

In 1991, the Salt Lake County Sheriff was called to the scene of a murder after family members found Johnson’s body.

Courtesy: Arizona Department of Corrections

Courtesy: Arizona Department of Corrections

Authorities say she had significant trauma to her head and an autopsy showed she died from blunt force trauma and strangulation.

During the investigation, officials found Legos on the floor of the crime scene, which family members said was unusual.

Authorities recently tested DNA evidence from under Johnson’s fingernails and matched it to Sansing.

Investigators also tested the Legos and found fingerprints that matched one of Sansing’s children, who was 5-years-old at the time of the murder.

Sansing is currently on death row in an Arizona prison for a 1998 murder in that state.